Korean Art and Korean Antiques
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #949091 (stock #005i)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
Rare 18th Century Burmese Wood Doll with Leather Skirt, Articulated Arms, and Painted Leather Hat Acquired from Ohly's of London in 1976. 10 inches, 25.5 inches. From the Irwin Hersey Collection.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1401392 (stock #1405)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Fine 19th Century Korean Dragon Painting in a Rich Golden Brown and Burnt Orange Palette. A marvelous rendering of Korea's most beloved ancient deity, the dragon rain god who brings both rain and good fortune. His face is delightful and his body writhes with energy, as he chases through the sky after the red flaming jewel of transcendent wisdom, symbolizing the pursuit of knowledge. Because he brings rain, which gives life and growth to all living things, the dragon is a symbol of creation, growth, and fertility. Therefore, the dragon god was the most important deity in the old agrarian Korean society. This is truly Korean folk art at it's very best! Ink and colors on silk. Mounted on silk in a traditional Korean frame. Frame: 34.5 x 22.5 inches, 87.5 x 57 cm; Painting: 24 x 15.5 inches, 61 x 39.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1383267 (stock #1332)
Korean Art and Antiques
$750.00
Fine 19th Century Lacquered Chinese Theater Mask with a splendid face and big grin that looks great from every angle. From the collection of Sam Hilu, prominent collector and author on Asian and African art. Wood, lacquer, and pigments. 7.5h x 6.5w x 3d inches, 19d x 16.5w x 7.5d cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1293561 (stock #1199)
Korean Art and Antiques
$600.00
Fine and Beautifully Embroidered 19th Century Korean Ironing Board from the renowned, published, and exhibited Lea Sneider textiles collection. This truly deluxe Korean ironing board is the finest example we have seen of an embroidered ironing board, and is filled with imaginatively rendered symbolism. It was believed that ducks mate for life, so ducks are an ancient symbol of fidelity, and the lotus are a symbol of purity and rebirth, because the lotus rises above the muck of the pond to show its face to the Sun. 22.5 x 6.5 inches (57 x 16.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1384110 (stock #1340)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,000.00
Fine 19th Century Korean Inkstone Box constructed entirely of Luxurious Zelkova Wood with a gorgeous grain. A rare find. Below the inkstone compartment there is a larger compartment for holding what was called the scholar's four friends: brush, ink, paper, and inkstone. The inkstone box was a Korean scholar's most treasured item. This is a beautiful and fine example. Its simple, quiet beauty was perfect for the scholar's Confucian aesthetic, and will look great with any kind of decor. The lock plate is in the form of a bullocho, the mythical longevity plant, and the latch is a chrysanthemum, ancient symbol of fertility and plenty. The rest of the brass hardware is in the shape of clouds, a longevity symbol. 15 x 8 x 8 inches, 38 x 20 x 20 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #805592 (stock #0234)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
This fine, gorgeous Duiju (Korean Rice Chest), with its stunning, large zelkova front panel and frame of thick, sturdy pine to hold the weight of the rice, is a twin in size, quality, and construction of the Duiju in Korea's Onyang Museum (cf. Korean Furniture and Culture, page 60). 35w x 34.5h x 23d inches, 89w x 88h x 59d cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1113565 (stock #0855)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Fine Burmese Gilded Bronze Sakyamuni Buddha, the Historical Buddha, making the earth-touching gesture with his right hand, and the meditating gesture with his left hand. From the Northern Shan state of Burma. 9.25 inches (23.5 cm) high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #995503 (stock #0470)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
This silver eunjangdo is a set that includes a pair of silver chopsticks, used by royalty and aristocrats to detect if their food is poisoned. Eunjangdo were worn by women of rank as a chest pendant and a symbol of their social standing. This dagger also served as a tool to save women from personal humiliation or peril, not by attacking an assailant but by killing themselves, under the Confucian moral obligation of medieval Korea 'to remain faithful to one spouse'. The chopsticks, sheath, and blade handle are made of silver, meticulously decorated with a floral scroll design. 4.75 inches, 12 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1139795 (stock #0908)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Finely Detailed Late 12th Century Inlaid Celadon Bowl with chrysanthemums (symbol of fertility or plenty), ryui scepters in the form of the mythical bullocho longevity plant, lotus blossoms (symbol of purity and rebirth) and floral scrolls. 5.5w x 1.75h inches, 14w x 4.5h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #871353 (stock #0650)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Very Finely Embroidered Deluxe Pair of Korean Pillow Ends with Two Cranes (symbol of a long and happy life together) and Peonies (symbol of love and prosperity). A very special pair. Mounted and framed, but the frame is in disrepair and should be replaced. 5.5 x 4.25 inches, 14 x 11 cm each.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1140914 (stock #0921)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3000.00
Fine Nepalese Mask of a Rare Type with Pigments. 10.5 inches, 26.75 cm. From the collection of Irwin Hersey, renowned author on Asian and primitive art, and publisher of the Primitive Art Newsletter in the 1970s. Irwin Hersey was an advisor to museums and prominent collectors, and vetted pieces for many of the international tribal art fairs and Asian art fairs.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1140916 (stock #0922)
Korean Art and Antiques
$3000.00
Fine, Old Chinese Yao Shaman Mask. 14.5 inches, 37 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #798501 (stock #0139)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Fine Pair of 17th Century Chinese Foo Dogs of Sandstone. A striking and old pair in Very Good Condition. 8w x 5h x 3.5d inches, 20w x 13h x 9d cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1391875 (stock #1364)
Korean Art and Antiques
$600.00
Fine, Rare 19th Century Korean Inkstone Box with Tortoise-Form Handle and Deep, Dark Grain. Elegant form and deep color. The tortoise is an ancient symbol of steadfastness and longevity. The underside of his shell was believed to conceal the secrets of the universe. So this box would have held the same meaning to the one who used it. The black tortoise depicted here was the king of all tortoises, with extraordinary powers to protect one from evil. The inkstone box was a Korean scholar's most treasured item. He handled it every day, when he would take out his inkstone to begin writing or painting. This is a fine example with a rare form that must have been inspiring and contemplative for the original owner. 11 x 7.25 x 3.75 inches, 28 x 18.5 x 9.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1227284 (stock #1088)
Korean Art and Antiques
$200.00
Beautiful Framed Antique Embroidered Pillow End with Abundant Symbols of Love. The pair of kissing birds are a symbol of love, the pair of butterflies are a symbol of love and happiness, and the peonies are symbols of love and prosperity. Frame: 12.75 x 12.75 inches, 32.25 x 32.25 cm; Pillow End: 5.25 x 5.25 inches, 13.25 x 13.25 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1393029 (stock #1374)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
Orchids are an ancient Korean symbol of purity, modesty, and virtue. The rock symbolizes eternity, so the combination of orchids and rock have the meaning of eternal adherence to principle. Talented painters of orchids were and still are held in the highest regard. Though Daewongun (Prince Yi Ha Eung) is often cited as the greatest painter of orchids, most scholars now agree that it was Kim Eung Won aka Soho (1855-1921) who was painting many of the paintings for which Daewongun took credit and which Daewongun signed. Daewongun was, of course, a great painter of orchids, but most agree now that Kim Eung Won may deserve the title of greatest. His paintings sell for a fraction of the price of Daewongun's paintings, at least for now. That can be expected to change as the general public catches up with the scholarship on the subject. Ink on paper. Frame: 60.75 x 18.5 inches, 154 x 47 cm; Painting: 49 x 13 inches, 124.5 x 33 cm. (A much smaller Daewongun painting recently sold at Christie's for $12,500 on March 18, 2014).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1900 item #997200 (stock #0480)
Korean Art and Antiques
Sold to the Rubin Museum
Garuda Mask from Sherdukpen, Arunachal Pradesh, 12.5 inches, 31.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1300937 (stock #1201)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
Geese and Reeds Painting (Noando) by Yang Ki Hun aka Seokyeon (1843-1897) from Pyeongyang. Yang Ki Hun's signature 'boneless' style (painting without outlines, using ink washes) beautifully captures light and shade. The literal meaning of 'noando' is reed and geese painting, but it is a play on words, as 'no' means both reed and old, and 'an' means both geese and comfort ('do' means painting). So 'noan' can mean 'reed and geese' or 'old comfort', and so a painting of geese and reeds symbolized a wish for a comfortable and peaceful old age. This particular painting has further meaning because it depicts a pair of geese. Geese were believed to mate for life, so this painting symbolizes eternal love, and the wish for a couple to grow old together in peace and comfort. Yang Ki Hun was a member of the Royal Academy of Painting in the late 19th Century, toward the end of the Joseon Dynasty. He made a living by painting for the king and his court, and also by selling his paintings in Pyeongyang. He was the most well-known of the provincial painters who, because of the increase in the economic power of the provinces in the late 19th Century, and the accompanying demand for paintings, were able to make or supplement income by selling their paintings locally. Here are two great quotes from Yang Ki Hun's contemporary, the painter and calligrapher Chi Un Yeong (aka Paekryeon): "Yang Ki Hun's paintings stir up my jealousy because they seem completely freed from all ideas and restraints". And after Seokyeon (Yang Ki Hun) passed away, Chi Un Yeong wrote, "Seokyeon told me that when he stayed on Neungna Island for a few years some time ago, he often saw geese fly in and land on a reed field, so he was able to paint them in a realistic way. His words still linger vividly in my ears. I remember playing with him thirty years ago in the Taedong River, and it seems so far away and dream-like." Ink on silk. Silk Mounting: 85.5 x 17.75 inches, 217 x 45 cm; Painting: 52 x 12 inches, 132 x 30.5 cm.